Happy Herbivore Blog

Calling all bloggers!

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: News

I want to tour on your blog! 

With my last book I went on a tour of the blog world, and I loved it -- and want to do it again! 

If you have a blog and would like to interview me about Everyday Happy Herbivore -- send me an email at (lindsay ( at ) happyherbivore.com) with your questions and blog address.

I'll give you a few exclusive recipes (and pictures) from the book that you can share with your readers!

I'll post links to all of the interviews on this blog and on Twitter as well. 

This is going to be a lot of fun, so please email me if you're interested!

The World is my Oyster Mushroom

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Advice

My good friend from college, Karen, sent me this message recently:

"I was just thinking the other day and wanted to ask you (yes, I still send questions and advice for you.... probably always will:). I admire you so much for everything you have done and for the life that you are living. How do you do it? I sometimes feel stuck forever and how did you turn your passion into your work? (aren't there a million books on this?). I knew you would always make it huge since the day you asked me to help you hang signs as a freshman for the school senate when we knew absolutely no one. Btw love the black bean burger."

Karen is in the middle. I think I look the same. just with more hair now.

Karen's note brought me to tears, of course -- but after I pulled myself together I wrote her promising I'd write a blog post about this.

Now, I've written about my road to success before and I still think this graph sums it up:

To answer Karen's question, yes, there are a million books on this topic and I've probably read half of them. And although each one had something to offer, some new perspective, I always found myself shaking the book (or my kindle) saying Okay! so I get how it worked for you and this business over there... but what about me? Where is the plan? Where is the formula?

and eventually I came to the realization that there is no grand plan. no master formula. what works for one person won't certainly work for another and this is the long and short way in explaining my success. I never had a plan. It's always been about passion and chasing it. 

I often feel like Happy Herbivore happened to me. What do you mean I published two books and am running a business? When did that happen? How did that happen? Am  I really an author? An entrepreneur? A businesswoman? No. That can't be right...

These are thoughts that run through my head on a daily basis. I often wonder how I got here... but I feel very thankful -- and lucky to be here. Truthfully, it all sort of feels like a dream. or a fairy tale.

and I was spewing this same speech in an interview when the interview cut me off and said, "Don't sell yourself short. Sure you were in the right place at the right time, but you also had the passion and experience to be able to seize that opportunity. You can't discount that." 

I still feel incredibly lucky every day but now I also recognize that it wasn't all luck because I had to put something out there in the universe for luck to take me on a wild ride. 

and this is my advice to you.

Find your passion. 

and act on it.

Take that first step.and chase it.

For example, if your passion is baking and your dream is opening a bakery. Go sell some goodies. Sell them to whoever will buy them. Sell the on etsy. Sell them at church. Sell them on a blog. Just get out there and sell them. 

If your passion is writing, sit down and write.

Also, be open to possibilities. and opportunities. and change. 

Happy Herbivore, believe it or not, has changed. 

Happy Herbivore started out as a food diary. (Did you know that?) Then it became a place for recipes. and now it's a community. and I've written two cookbooks (with another on the way!) and I have meal plans. and a calendar. and merchandise. and our charitable necklaces!

CHASE YOUR PASSION. and see where it takes you.... I'm still chasing mine.

Leap. 

and yes, I was elected. :o)

Herbie of the Week: Jim

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Herbies

Back in October, Jim left this comment on HH's Facebook page:

As of October 24th, I've officially lost 50 lbs and I'm holding a healthy weight of 165 lbs effortlessly.

Hearing great weight-loss success stories like Jim's get me all teary, so I contacted Jim to show my enthusiasm and support. He shared with me a post he'd written which I'll excerpt below.

After reading his story -- I knew I'd have to bring him on the blog for an interview -- as a Herbie of the Week!

Jim's Post:

I'm finally ready to talk about my weight loss. A lot of people have been asking what did I do and how did I do it.

First, let me say that I'm not sick. Sometimes losing weight at an unusual pace may indicate a sickness, but this is not the case with me and I've been medically cleared by my doctor that I'm healthy in every way. I lost all of my weight over 6 - 7 month period roughly 1.5lb. per week. So, let's get to it.

Diet change was the biggest factor and contributor to my weight loss.

Before weight loss my breakfast consisted of a large triple triple from Tim's (high in sugar and fat), which meant I usually skipped lunch, no snack in between breakfast and lunch. For lunch, I typically ate a large starchy meal (sandwich with white bread, chicken or turkey with mayo, sometimes lettuce, sometimes not) or takeout, and booster juice (high in sugar). Supper involved more starches: pasta, or eggs and toast, or kraft dinner, etc.

With all the processed foods I was eating during the day, I started packing on the pounds.

Now my breakfast consists of 2 slices of sprouted grain toast, all natural ingredients, special K with some soy milk, cup of green tea, plain, nothing in it. (It's an acquired taste). For a snack, I have fruit, usually an apple or banana or grapes (I always have a snack now). Today lunch is a stir fry, cooked in Asian 5 spice, baby corn, carrot, wild rice, red/yellow pepper (healthy food all around) and supper is more of the same. Christina (wife) will try and make enough supper the night before to have for our dinners the next day. It's all about preparation.

So, my diet now consists of less fat, less sugar and more healthy greens, fruits and vegetables. It's important to note here that my weight loss was strictly from diet and not diet and exercise. People are shocked to hear that, but once you start counting your fat and sugar intake, you'll be surprised how much of each you're eating.

Now, where do those great recipes come from? First let me say, that Christina does 99.9% of the cooking and she's amazing at it. We both sit down every Sunday and prepare for the upcoming week, our suppers and lunches. It is truly the only way to benefit a healthy lifestyle. One of the main cookbooks we use comes from the Happy Herbivore. Great recipes and lots of ideas to please even the hungriest monster. That's our main source of healthy meals and we've really haven't ventured much from that.

Now for the interview!

HH: What motivated you to change your diet and lose weight?

Mainly, I wanted to lose weight for my wedding, I wanted to look good, and feel healthy for myself and for my would-be wife :) What kind of husband would I be if I continued to pack on the pounds, be overweight with health problems, with possibly dying at a young age to leave my wife as a widow? Not a very good husband.

HH: How have your friends and family responded to your dietary change?

Growing up my mom always said to me "Jim you have some good friends" meaning we never got into much trouble. I've managed to keep that philosophy through my 20's and 30's because all my friends have been extremely supportive of my diet change. It was more like "Jim, you're crazy, but we really don't vare what you eat." I never get pressure from my friends.

My family was a bit surprised, my mom especially. When she read my Facebook note (above) she called me. It was a supportive call, saying how glad she was that I was finally eating healthy. My mom has always ate healthy and growing up she would try to get me to eat new foods, but the answer was always no.

I make an effort to NEVER talk about my diet. I'm not about forcing a certain diet onto anyone. They'll need to do research for themselves and come up with a conclusion as to which diet is best for them.

HH: Any advice for those looking to take the plant-based plunge?

When switching to a plant-based diet, it has to be about you, you have to want to do it yourself. I can't stress that enough.

Don't wait until something bad happens to change your diet. Change it now and avoid the harm later.

And buy The Happy Herbivore Cookbook. It'll make the transition so much easier :)

Thanks Jim! Wishing you a long, happy and healthy life with your bride!

UPDATE: A year later Jim checked in with an update. Read his progress here.